The Shops and Offices Act
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United Press Association-— f>y Klectriu T«letfraph. Auckland, M'iy 8 Tho following tfllepratu h.«s t>e«n fent by the Promior to Mr F, C. Baunw, M.H.K., io reply to the snorge3tion that Cl 'U->e 3 < f the Shops and Otßces Aot ehou.d ba suspended until the meeting of Parliament: — "The Courts have now determined the law, and 1 hava no power to suspend it. The Lender of the Opposition has denounced the Government, and said in his speeches that it; was suspended by the Government in a most unconstitutional manner. There is no breach of faith to far as I am concerned." I stated definitely that noaoucn would be taken until the Courts had interpreted the law, and I have kept my word, and am satisfied that to do that which the shopkeepers would ask would lead to the Government being impeached as soon as Parliament met. W hat is wanted is a reasonable compliance, and I have no reason to believe that the inspectors will drastically or arbitrarily enforce its provisions. They are statutory officers, and under section 42 of the Shops and Offices Act the following is enacted: 'ft shall be the duty of every inspector to see that the provisions of this Act are properly carried out, and to prosecnte all j parties guilty of any breach thereof/, They have their duty to perform, to eeo that the provisions of the Act are properly carried out, and I cannot direcc or instiuct them any more than I can direct and ins>truot a policeman."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6564, 8 May 1905
The Shops and Offices Act Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6564, 8 May 1905
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